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Cardin-Cochran in MAP-21 Explainer1

Cardin-Cochran in MAP-21 Explainer1

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BikingandWalkingintheSenateTransporta4onBill
TheAmericaBikescoali0onsupportstheCardin‐Cochranamendmentforlocalcontrolintransporta0ondecisions.UndertheoriginallanguagepassedbytheEnvironmentandPublicWorksCommieeinNovember211,theTransporta0onEnhancements(TE),SafeRoutestoSchools(SRTS),andRecrea0onalTrailsprograms,whichareextremelypopularwithlocalgovernmentsandthepublic,arecombinedintooneprogramcalled“Addi0onalAc0vi0es”(sec.149(l)).Alsoeligibleisanexpandedlistofac0vi0es,includingallenvironmentalmi0ga0onandsomeroadprojects.
Initsoriginalconstruct,therewassignificantriskthatstateswouldredirecttheAddi4onalAc4vi4esfundsawayfromlocalpriori4es—leavingci4zensandlocalleaderswithoutanyfundstoaddresstransporta4onneedswheretheyliveandwork.
Duetoconcernsaboutthislanguage,Senators.CardinandCochranofferedanamendmentto
ensurethatci4esandcoun4eshaveavoiceinhowstatesspendasmallpor4onoftheirfederaltransporta4ondollars.
Becauseofbroadbipar0sansupportintheSenate,theCardin‐Cochranamendmentwasacceptedasamanager’samendmentintoMAP‐21duringconsidera0onbythefullSenate.
TheCardin‐CochranamendmentinMAP‐21:TheCardin‐Cochranamendmentdoes
not:
Devolvesasmallpor0onoffederaltransporta0onfundsthroughsuballoca0onandcompe00ontolocalgovernments—whoseleadersknowthetransporta0onneedsoftheircons0tuentsbest.Providesflexibilityandfundingcertaintytolocalplanningen00estoensurethatapor0onoftheirfederaltransporta0ondollarsareu0lizedtoaddressneedsintheircommuni0es.Changetheeligibilityofprojectsorfundinglevelsofthe“Addi0onalAc0vi0es.”Requirethatfederaldollarsarespentonbicyclingandwalking;thosedecisionswillbemadebylocalgovernmentsandMPOsinwhattypesofprojectstheyapplyfor.

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